Tokyo, not only known for being the geographical but also culinary capital of Japan, houses more than its fair share of restaurants. With the influx of foreign residents in the past few decades, the food on offer in this country that used to be so isolated has expanded to include cuisines from all over the world.
Located in the heart of Roppongi, Tokyo’s famed ‘gaijin’ (a slang term for foreigners in Japan) district that is home to some of the hottest clubs and restaurants, La Fiesta is a popular Mexican joint to get your fill of both fun and food.
With distinct Mexican decor featuring corpse bride dolls, tacky Mexican posters and equally gaudy girls and cars Mexican music television, it couldn’t get more authentic than La Fiesta. The whimsically grotesque dolls that may appeal to some Ed Hardy fans are actually mascots of the Mexican craft bottled beer, Day of the Dead.
They also offer the usual Corona, Sol, the Mexican equivalent of Asahi aka Teqate, margaritas, and other tequila-based cocktails.
There was a lively private party going on when we arrived, that took up half of what is usually considered quite a large restaurant space. Regardless of the Mexican theme, do not expect complimentary free-flowing baskets of nacho chips. With that said, the menu was varied and the food looked delicious. Tacos, burritos, Mexican chocolate-based sauce enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas, and some other local Mexican dishes; I wanted to try them all! Not to mention the appetizers of chili con carne, refried beans, and chile relleno or jalapeno poppers, to name a few.
We had refried beans with chips, the El Diablo devil spicy enchilada, and a beef chimichanga. The chips were fried into triangular-cut tortillas and were salty and delicious. The deviled chicken enchilada came in a pair and was totally off the charts in terms of the Japanese scale of spiciness. The chimichanga was served with garlicky guacamole and a dollop of sour cream.
So the next time you’re in Roppongi, be it for business or pleasure, be sure to stop by for a hearty meal at la cocina Mexicana La Fiesta!
Amenro La Fiesta Website*Japanese Only
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